Sue if Someone Infected Me with Coronavirus in Florida
Whether you can sue someone who infected you with the coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) in Florida depends on whether they intentionally infected you or whether their negligence caused you to become infected with the virus.
For example, if someone with coronavirus intentionally coughs on you, they may be liable for your contracting the virus.
Another more likely scenario, though, is someone who was diagnosed with the virus disregarding quarantine orders and spreading it to others.
If someone was given an official order to isolate themselves for 14 days but disregarded that order and ultimately infected you, you may be able to sue them for your coronavirus-related damages in a personal injury lawsuit.
A Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer may be able to help you determine if you can sue someone for infecting you with coronavirus when you call them for a free consultation.
The Four Elements of Liability
Four elements typically must be proven to establish liability in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Duty: the defendant owed a duty of care to the plaintiff to not expose them to harm.
- Breach of duty: the defendant breached this duty of care with a negligent act.
- Causation: the breach of duty caused the plaintiff to suffer injuries.
- Damages: the injuries caused the plaintiff to suffer damages such as medical costs, lost wages, and more.
Your coronavirus personal injury case may rest on proving the defendant’s liability
using this formula.
Proving a Coronavirus Case
A coronavirus case may require evidence that the plaintiff knew that they were carrying the virus, was ordered to self-isolate to not spread the virus to others and disregarded these orders.
Accordingly, if you spent time with someone who was given a direct order to stay home and chose to disregard that order, you may be able to hold that person responsible for their negligent behavior.
Another legal consideration that may be relevant in a coronavirus case is whether the defendant took all “reasonable” measures to prevent you from catching the virus. This may be relevant to your case if you contracted the coronavirus while at a business or another person’s home.
A judge may examine the case to see if the defendant took all reasonable measures to prevent you from harm. If the judge believes that they did not, they may deem the defendant liable for your injuries.
Compensation in a Coronavirus Case
If you can prove that another party is liable for your coronavirus-related injuries, you may be able to recover compensation for:
- Your current and ongoing medical expenses
- Lost wages related to the incident
- Pain and suffering
- And more
The Fort Myers personal injury lawyer of Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato can discuss what specific compensation may be available to you when you contact our firm for a free consultation.
Contact the Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato Regarding Your Coronavirus Case
If you or a loved one contracted the coronavirus as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to hold that person legally responsible for their behavior.
The Law Offices of Wolf & Pravato is here to help. We understand the stress you may be under if you or a loved one has contracted the coronavirus, and we want to help. We do not shy away from tough cases, and we treat every one of our clients like they are family.
For a free review of your case, contact us today at (954) 633-8270. We can discuss who may be liable for your injuries and your legal options for pursuing compensation.
Our firm may be able to represent your case on a contingency-fee-basis with no up-front costs to you.